Message Number: YG1465 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-03-19 23:10:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Tooth Problem

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Megan Mohrbacher" <Mmohrbacher@m...>
> I just sent Michelle a response on the tooth situation because I
>have the same problem going on with a recent rescue of mine. His
>bottom jaw is off and it is causing his bottom "big" tooth to poke
>into his upper lip and there is a hole in it. I don't know what to
>do. The vet said I could make a surgery appointment for him to
>shave it but you have to be careful not to shave too far or he could
>lose the tooth...he said pulling it could cause a broken jaw.

Yes, this is true. But you can actually file down the tooth pretty
far in a ferret - the pulp cavity does not extend as far into the
tooth as in other species. This is why we see so many ferrets with
broken canines which seem to do very well without any therapy at
all. I would much rather see a careful file job than removing the
tooth. This should be done as a last resort - you don't pull a
healthy tooth except as a last resort.

>These three rescues are the ones I am having ear mite problems with
>too...I have had them on Tresaderm for a bit over 2 weeks now and
>they still have the mites which are more than likely passed on to my
>original 2 fuzzies. Any more advice on that new ear mite medicine
>that was mentioned before?

Revolution is the name of the product, and it appears to be effective
against eiar mites, IF combined with a good cleansing as well. We
would be very interested on your experience with it if you decide to
try it. While many practitioners are using the solution for 5-15 lb
cats, I see no reason why the dosage for a 0-5 lb. cat would not work.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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